Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Few Random Notes and Some Versatile Bloggers

Slightly self-indulgent of me to go ahead and post this pic of my snack, since I just tweeted it.  But, I was thrilled with how well it photographed and even happier with how it tasted, so I thought it might be fun to share it with folks who aren't on Twitter (Hi, Mom!).  The foodage in question diced avocado with yellow and red pear tomatoes.  The chips in the back are Stacy's Multigrain Pita Chips. Pita Chips are a terrific alternative if you're looking for something snacky that's not fried, and the fact that these are multigrain makes them even healthier.  They're also vegan and don't have any soy ingredients.

Avocado has been helping me as I wean myself off my cheese addiction (read or watch Forks Over Knives for more on Caesin) and I love snacking on it.

Anyhow, in the theme of little things that make me happy, I'm going to take a slight departure from talking about all vegetarian food, all the time to give a shout out to my friend and fellow blogger, Lisa Calandriello.  Lisa and I went to college together and "found" each other at DC's Yoga on the Mall last year.  Since then, we've bonded over yoga, practicing together at Tranquil Space.  In addition to being an awesome yoga teacher giving amazing assists - her Eagle assist completely changed my ability to be in that pose - Lisa has a terrific website and blog that you should check out.

Given all of these terrific things about Lisa, I was so flattered that she chose to mention this little blog project as part of her contribution to the Versatile Blogger Awards.

Part of the award is telling your readers seven random things about yourself, and thus, you are treated to some non-food related things about me.

1.  I love to knit.   My grandmother taught me when I was six.  My first "project" was a cream colored swatch that was a disaster, but I've steadily improved.  You'll most often find me knitting little toy animals to give as new baby presents or hats to donate to the DCJCC December 25 Day of Service (mark your calendars, DC folks!), but I also occasionally will tackle something more complicated.

2.  When I was in high school, I wanted to be a film critic.  I still love movies and will happily go to a movie theater by myself if I can't find someone who is willing to sit through three hours of black and white German cinema or Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Jenn, you were a sport for seeing that one with me!).

3.  I last drove a car on an actual road, in traffic in 1996.  But, now that I live outside of DC, I'm learning to drive again.  I am consoling myself with the fact that I will no longer need to cajole my husband into driving me to Whole Foods whenever I run out of Earth Balance or Daiya.

4.  I have a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, which is a professional designation for association management staff.  Even before I qualified for the exam, I needed five years of work experience and 100 hours of professional education credits.  And then I had to learn a lot of random things like environmental scanning, Russian table service, balance sheets, retention rate calculation and answer questions about them on a multiple choice exam.  But, I did it!

5.  Whenever I go on vacation, I try to involve some sort of boat.  When I went to Greece, I took a cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra.  When I went to Costa Rica, I went white water rafting (and got thrown out of the raft!).  I was happy as a clam in Chicago doing the architecture tour on the river.  A vacation isn't a vacation for me unless I get to do something on a boat.

6.  When I was in high school, I was very active in our drama club, which was called Theater Workshop.  I couldn't dance and sing at the same time, so I did props and set decoration for all the musicals.  But, I did act in our children's theater productions.  I was always cast as the villain.

7.  Even though I hate to bring this up, I'm running out of interesting things to say, so I'll add this out there.  I was on Jeopardy! in 2000 (the episode aired in March 2001).  I didn't get a single answer wrong, but I had issues with the buzzer.  I ended up coming in second place and I won a Caribbean cruise.  So, I got to go on a boat!  For vacation!  For free!

Another part of the award is to give a shout out to some other blogs you read, so, in addition to reading Lisa's blog, I encourage you to check out:

Skydiving for Pearls: My high school friend Abby has a terrific blog about her life as an opera singer and actress in NYC.  It's terrific to get to follow Abby's life.  She's an extraordinarily talented performer, and she openly shares all aspects of her professional life and how it shapes her world.

Hip Tranquil Chick:  Kimberly Wilson is more of an "accomplished blogger extraordinare" than an "up and coming blogger,"  but I adore Kimberly, who I got to know through attending classes at her yoga studio, Tranquil Space.  Every time I get my Hip Tranquil Chick email alert, I know something I'm going to read is going to make me smile.

Resourceful Mommy:  While I'm not a Mommy myself, I enjoy reading this blog by my college friend, Amy.  Amy is also very accomplished in the blog world, and that's an understatement.  She's a terrific writer and has some amazing insights on family and daily living.


  1. That looks yummy! I need to start making some of your recipes - even if I adore my meat :)

  2. Thanks, Lynda! Let me know how they turn out. Any chance I can get you to try the Vegan Cheesesteak? ;)